Friday, July 13, 2012
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital encompasses many buildings on a campus encircled by wrought iron fencing and manned gates. Most of the buildings are related to the “Research” part of the title, the actual hospital and clinics where children are seen and treated make up a very small part of the compound. I think I heard one of the guides say there were only 78 in-patient beds, but over 300 kids register each day for some kind of appointment. Available to patients are occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, psychological examination, hearing examination, nutritionists, eye doctors, dentists, and an accredited school program. In addition to that, the on-campus volunteers provide a personal touch by arranging and running special events like doing crafts or bringing in therapy dogs. Patients register each day and follow a schedule of appointments for that day. If a patient is admitted to the hospital “in-patient”, he will be taken to an area that is more like the traditional hospital. A few surgical procedures are performed at St. Jude, although they are low risk surgeries. Any kind of procedure beyond that is done at LaBonheur Children’s Hospital, which is about 3 miles from St. Jude. Eli has had a good day today. The MRI and lumbar puncture went well. We hope to discuss the findings with the oncologist early next week, but, of course, he wasn’t here today. The kids and I arrived late, and Eli, having been up since about 5 a.m., was ready for bed before we could get to him. But, that is just as well, we were tired, too. The picture I’m sharing is from a while back. He was getting a good dentist look-see.